September 6, 2007

Shopping For Printer Ink

Posted by: admin @ 11:02 am

Before you go ahead and buy an Hp, Canon or Lexmark Ink Cartridge you need to know the kind of ink cartridge you require-your printer manual will tell you the specific model number; you also have to consider the amount of money you are ready to spend. You have the following options:

OEM Ink Cartridges – Manufactured by the original company, the original brand ink cartridges such as Epson or HP Ink Cartridges can be more expensive but very reliable and give the best quality. Therefore, unless you absolutely require this ink it is advisable you consider buying a compatible or remanufactured cartridge

Compatible Ink Cartridges – Manufactured by a different company than the original, the companies claim that their products are as reliable as the original and give as good a print quality too. These can save a lot of money as compared to the original and will work with all major brands acting as an affordable alternative to using the branded ink solutions such as Canon, Hp or Lexmark Ink Cartridges.

Refilled Ink- As the name suggests, when the ink cartridge runs dry either it can be refilled at home using a refill kit or shipped to refilling company. Again, there is no reliability where the quality or the number of prints is concerned and it goes without saying you do not get a warranty. You also run the risk of ruining your printer if the product is defective.

Now that you know what you are looking for, your options are:

1. Buy it online
This is the easiest, fastest and almost economical way of getting your printer ink!
You can either visit the official website of an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), remanufacturer or refiller. This is usually a good option if you do not have the time to visit an authorized dealer or a computer shop. However, the flip side here is that you have to usually provide the shipping cost and consider the delivery time.

2. Go to an authorized dealer in your area
How do you get there? Ask a friend who has anything to do with computers! Alternatively, use your directory!
Going and buying the ink from a dealer will save or completely waive off your shipping costs. The product is tangible and some dealers provide demos! How ever, an authorized dealer will stock only OEM ink such as Hewlett Packard, Canon, and Lexmark among others.

3. Go to a local computer shop
One advantage that you have here is this kind of shop will stock a wide range of cartridges- compatible as well as remanufactured at a discount! So if you want to avoid burning a hole in your pocket this is your best option!

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